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JV White Volleyball Emerges Victorious Against Stony Point 2-1

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Maddy Yendle
On top of the ball, Avnee Upadhye ’27 prepares to serve. The Lady Warriors lost the first set yet ended up winning the game against Stony Point.

On Tuesday, Sept. 26, the JV White volleyball team went up against the Stony Point Tigers on the Lady Warriors’ home court. After 3 long and hard-fought sets, with many disputes over the points that had been awarded, the Lady Warriors came out on top 2-1.

Opening the game, the first set started with a lot of well-placed serves from Nathalie Kiefer ’26 that resulted in multiple rallies coupled with timely sets by Jazmin Gomez ’26. There were multiple close calls and diving saves made by Simone Riha ’26, yet with all of their efforts, they failed to outpace the Tigers, losing the first set 25-22.

“[I loved in the game when] I went on a serving run,” Kiefer said. “The first set was the best.”

Although falling behind in the first set, the Lady Warriors worked hard and cohesively to get themselves back into the game. Claire Toupin ’27 and Sriya Chakravarthy ’27 used their constant communication to help keep many of the rallies going. Avnee Upadhye ’27 had consistent and quality serves helping keep the Lady Warriors in the lead once they grabbed it. The Lady Warriors only needed one more point to win the second set, but the Tigers began to catch up and got the score as close as 24-22 until the Lady Warriors finally won 25-22.

“The game was stressful in the first set we were up by almost 7 points and then ended up losing,” Coach Kobren said.

The Lady Warriors huddling before the start of their first set hoping for an early set win over the Stony Point Tigers. The Warriors ended up losing the first set but came back with the next two, winning the whole game. (Maddy Yendle )

 

With the momentum from winning the second set working in the Lady Warriors’ favor, they were determined to win. Once the Tigers started to celebrate after inching closer by capturing a point, Kiefer surprised them by diving and saving the ball, and shooting back over the net to the Tigers keeping that momentum alive.

Close to the end of the third set, the Lady Warriors and the Tigers were neck and neck, but a successful kill from Westwood had the Lady Warriors thinking they had put the game away, however, many people in the stands and the sidelines disagreed with this call and argued their thoughts to the referee. In a shock to Westwood, the referee continued the game beyond the normal maximum score of 25 points. After back-and-forth points the Lady Warriors finally won the set with a score of 27-26.

“I think communicating with my team on the second and third set [was the most stressful] because as a libero it is hard to cover,” Upadhye said. “I think we can work on our attitudes and just be aware of each other and where everyone is”.

The Lady Warriors will play next at Cedar Ridge High School against Cedar Ridge at 5:30 on Friday, Oct. 3.

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Maddy Yendle, Reporter
Class of 2026 I have always had a passion for writing and poetry, which is one of the reasons that I am elated to be a part of Student Press this year. Other activities I love are art, rewatching Gilmore Girls, listening to music, and reading.

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